Dec 23, 2012 8:00am PST
. >>> ahead on "reliable sources" a harrowing ordeal in syria for richard engel. risk-taking reporters in just a moment. who do you think i am, quicken loans? ♪ at quicken loans, our amazingly useful mortgage calculator app allows you to quickly calculate your mortgage payment based on today's incredibly low interest rates... right from your iphone or android smartphone. one more way quicken loans is engineered to amaze. ♪ >>> richard engel is one of those reporters who just can't stay away from danger from iraq to afghanistan, from lebanon to egypt. magnetically attracted to war zones. i was sickened to learn that he and his crew had been kidnapped what engel later described as progovernment militants in syria. >> hello, how are you? >> sigh of relief. it was announced that he was safe inside neighboring turkey. he later popped up on "today" show to describe what happened. >> a group of gunmen just literally jumped out of the trees and bushes. they dragged us out of the car. >> what followed was a five-day ordeal that is chilling to listen to. >> we weren't physically beaten or tortured.
Dec 18, 2012 4:00am PST
tale, a reporter and his crew held for five days in syria, now free unharmed. nbc says richard engel and his crew, safe and out of the country. nick paton walsh following this story. a dramatic series of event. >> engel's crew crossed into syria on thursday. nothing was heard. no ransom request, no contact. until they appeared to be free on monday. subsequently emerges, they were picked up, mr. engel says, by a men in ski masks. 15 of them, who leapt out of the bushes and took his team as hostages. they were moved around the country in the back of an open pickup, blind folded and bound, but otherwise not harmed. they were transferred to another location. this all happening in the north of syria. now, during that journey, they seem to have come across a group of rebels called the atar al sham brigade, who entered into a gun fight with their captors. it caused the nbc team to be free. >> no physical harm. but psychological farm. fa harm. fake executions, asking them which one of them they would like to be executed first. >> they believe that there was a reb regime to the loyalty. mr. e
Dec 18, 2012 6:00am PST
alert out of syria this morning where nbc is announcing that foreign correspondent richard engel and his production team are now fee and unhurt after getting captured there last thursday. it comes as opponents of president assad launch a new offensive near the capital of damascus. leland vittert joins me live in jerusalem. leland, an incredibly dramatic story how they gained their freedom. >> reporter: no question about it. these guys were held for five days of the moved from safe house to safe house by pro-assad gunmen. that's when the pro-assad gunmen who had the nbc crew in the back of a minivan, if you will, were driving down the road, got to rebel check point there was a firefight ensued and that's when richard engel and his crew escaped out of the van. said literally help us, we're american journalists get us to safety. the rebels involved did just that. it was on a road similar to that engel and his crew were taken by gunpoint what they presume to be pro-government, pro-president assad forces, shiite militia members holding them. during the time they were being held they were told